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reform. the obama administration puts the brakes on calls for a swift leadership change in egypt. >>> texas tragedy. drug violence along the border with mexico claims the lives of at least two u.s. high school students. >>> and handbag heroin. >>> good morning, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are strad aheat. this is "first look" on mb. >>> we begin this morning with compromise in cairo. the united states is reconsidering a push for swift reform in egypt calling for a slower pace to progress, easing the call for a transition of power and president hosni mubarak to step down. whether egyptian protesters in cairo accept a timetable slow down remains to be seen. nbc's tracie potts joins us with the latest on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. the u.s. is starting to wonder whether mubarak's immediate resignation is such a good idea. according to the country's constitution, that would trigger an election in 60 days and given what's going on, there are questions whether they could organize free and fair elections in such a short period of time. but the gov
obama broke his public silence on the violence calling it, quote, outrageous. he said his highest priority is protecting u.s. citizens as the state department works to liberate them from libya by ferry. >>> protests continue over a proposal to strip public employees in wisconsin of collective bargaining rights and now that divide is deepening after a prank phone call to that state's governor puts a spotlight on potential motives behind the controversy. here's nbc national investigative correspondent michael isakoff. >> reporter: publicly, governor scott walker defended the rights is about saving money. >> we'll balance the budget the right way and not push it off. >> reporter: in a phone call he thought he was having with a major campaign donor, he provided evidence that the real motivation is what they have been saying all along, to crush public unions. >> you essentially are having taxpayers' money being used to to lobby. it's absolutely clous. >> reporter: he believed the caller was koch. he was talking to a left-leaning journalist posing as koch. >> this is our moment. >> repo
elections. >>> budget showdown. president obama proposes a plan to slash the deficit but republicans say it's not enough. and grammy gold. who were the big winners on recording city's biggest night? those stories and more are straight ahead. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry and this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with a new path in egypt. following weeks of protest that brought down the reign of the now former president hosni mubarak, egyptians are looking to the future with a cautious optimi optimism. egypt's military is in control and made sweeping changes so far welcomed by prodemocracy protesters. military leaders have imposed marshal law, dissolved the parliament and suspended the constitution saying it will be in charge only until elections are held which could take place as soon as six months from now. meanwhile, normalcy is starting to move to cairo. they began to tear down tents in the square despite resistance of protesters who want to stay. >>> lawmakers are shifting their focus to a showdown over president obama's proposed 2012 budget. the president de
but to push back harder. today will be a volatile one. back to you. >> back here at home, president obama reacted to the shift of the shift of some powers. in a statement, the president questioned whether the latest concession is a meaningful sign of reform. tracie potts is in washington with more on that. good morning. >> lynn, good morning. that speech was a huge disappointment here in the united states, as well. in fact, initially president obama was hopeful that he would step down and answer the call of these protesters, addressing the u.s. before mubarak's speech, president obama said that we were witnessing history unfold, that this was a moment of transformation, and that america would support an orderly and genuine transition in egypt. but that is not what happened. mubarak handed over power to his vice president, but said that he would stay on until september. after that speech, president obama issued a statement, a pretty lengthy one, saying that this was not a clear transition that is immediate, meaningful or significant, that egypt had not yet seized the opportunity for what h
of the top stories making news this morning. the obama administration has suspended some high-level contacts with pakistan and may downgrade the status of an upcoming meeting. they may pressure pakistan to release an american diplomat who's been detained since he killed two pakistanis last month. washington says he shot them in self-defense as they tried to rob him at gunpoint. >>> michelle obama says president obama has given up his smoking habit. later she'll be on the "today" show marking the first anniversary of her campaign to end child obesity. >>> this is dramatic video inside a bus showing the terrifying moments when the packed vehicle collided with a truck. 18 people were hurt in the crash, but officials say it's just incredible no one was killed. >>> and a new poll weighs in. what super power americans would love to have. topping the list are time travel, mind reading, flying came in third followed by the about to teleport and be investable. no jeddi hand trick. >>> the dow opens at 12,233 after gaining 71 points. the s&p inched up 5 points and the nasdaq gained 13. in tokyo the ni
president obama's 2012 budget proposal can be debated, congress needs to come to terms on the nation's current budget set to expire on march 4th. however, with the clock ticking down, lawmakers are at an impasse over proposed reductions the president says could endanger it. brian mooar joins us with details. good morning. >> reporter: there's no way to describe this other than a collision course between the white house and the republican-controlled house. house republicans went into the wee hours of the morning, knocking off about 1:00 a.m. they're trying to pass a $60 billion bill to cut government spending. it could go up to $115 billion. right now republicans are working their way through more than 400 different amendments, all of them designed to do what lawmakers said is basically cutting up the government's credit cards. house democrats are going to try to drag this out a bit. they are unlikely to keep this from passion. that moves to it the senate where it's going to face a lot of heat from senate democrats who control that chamber. then it's on to president obama who says he'
. >>> president obama unveiled his 2012 budget yesterday. though it contains more than a trillion dollars in cuts over a decade, gop lawmakers say the reductions just don't go far enough. nbc's brian mooar reports. >> 200 some pages, $3.7 trillion. this is president obama's 2012 spending plan. you guys are doing great work. keep it up. i'm proud of you. >> reporter: and at a middle school in baltimore, he fired the first shot in the battle over budget cuts. >> we have a responsibility to invest in those areas that will have the biggest impact in our future. >> referee: he wants to invest in education and other areas, like research, building nuclear power plants and encouraging electric cars. republicans say america just can't afford it. >> it's a plan that says fulfilling the president's vision of a future of trains and windmills is more important than a balanced checkbook. >> reporter: the president's plan cuts $1 trillion from the deficit over ten years, cuts in defense, community block grants and home heating assistance programs to the poor. even the white house acknowledges its budget isn't t
. >>> the obama administration announced that a $53 billion plan to build a network of high-speed trains across the u.s. in fact, it's already made obama to win the election of 1836. >>> tonight he welcomes in jennifer aniston and piers morgan. that's "late night with jimmy fallon" on your local nbc station. >>> and it's time now for your "first look" at entertainment news. lindsay lohan was arraigned and then the judge who won't be giving her the star treatment. moments after she entered the guilty tree, the judge warned her the seriousness of the charge. he said you're no different than anyone else, so don't push your luck. if she's accused of breaking the law while free, he will have her held without bail. >>> elsewhere, thought of as a relatively happy couple in show business, yesterday ashlee simpson and pete wentz announced they're splitting up after less than three years of marriage. >>> three months into their marriage, katie perry is asking friends if they have recommendations for a therapist> reputation. jie think you can score with the evil stepmother. >> she can sell it. she's been
resulting in a government shutdown. president obama is encouraging the nation's governors to work together as the standoff over union rights and budget cuts in wisconsin enters a third week. tracie potts joins us now from washington with the details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. good morning, everyone. protesters may have been forced out of wisconsin state capitol but the budget battle continues with democrats hiding out across state lines preventing a vote on what the governor says could cost them 1500 jobs. he wants to make deep cuts including cutting collective bargaining for state employees. governor scott walker on "meet the press" says if they don't act soon, the state could lose $155 million by tomorrow. now here in washington, they're focusing on the budget also. will there be a government shutdown by friday? democrats and republicans trying to come up with a compromise that at this point looks like it may include extending the current budget for another two weeks but with $4 billion in cuts. the problem is they're looking at the smallest part of the budget. and over th
on youtube. it's the second anniversary of the obama stimulus plan. the debt has increased. unemployment is still over 9%. the president says the stimulus worked. >> we're now growing again. we've seen 1.3 million jobs added in the private sector since i've been president. >> reporter: meanwhile, the clock is ticking. two weeks until the government could shut down. to prevent that, democrats demanded boehner agree to short-term economy. >> now he's resorting to threats to do that without any negotiation. >> reporter: but the speaker says no deal unless democrats and president obama agree to republican spending cuts. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news capitol hill. >>> meanwhile, demonstrators in wisconsin have chosen a tactic. they fled the state yesterday, reportedly checking into an illinois hotel. majority republicans need just one of the 14 democrats to show up for a quorum, which would allow them to vote on and pass the now stalled proposal. the plan would curb the bargaining rights of unions in order to make immediate budget cuts. thousands of union workers have come out in protests, i
with fox news, president obama said change is under way in egypt. >> egypt is not going to go back to what i tell was. the egyptian people want freedom. >> reporter: but the crowds still gathered in tahrir square this morning want more. they want president hosni mubarak out. >> he has the right to live in egypt. he has to see forward. >> what is important is that the egyptian people understand what their demands are being met. >> reporter: egypt's vice president sat down woman sigz groups over the weekend, nearly two weeks into this protest. the government is no making concessions. hands off the internet, the media and protesters and promises to end marshall law, investigate corruption and open presidential elections. but he admits his hands are tied. >> we can do what but we cannot do more. >> mubarak is the wild card. protesters say until he leaves, they won't, either. >> secretary clinton says forcing mubarak out could actually back fire and slow down reform. >> thank you, tracie potts. >>> julian assange has arrived in a london courtroom to find out whether he'll be senback to sweden o
night. president obama spoke to mubarak after and called on the transition being peaceful and beginning soon. >> many questions remain unanswered. but i am confident that the people of egypt will find those answers. >> as sympathetic americans held their own protests outside the egyptian embassy in washington, a u.s. senator sent a powerful message to voters in egypt. >> if you do have fair and free elections in september, i hope you'll be wise enough and brave enough to say no to forces within your country, radical islamic forces. >> reporter: further complicating communication in and out of the country, the last of egypt's internet providers has gone dark. mubarak had already pulled the plug on other providers. over 1600 americans have been evacuated from egypt, including these college kids from south dakota. now the u.s. state department has ordered all nonessential government workers to leave, too. jennifer johnson, nbc news, washington. >>> the internet has returned to egypt within the last hour and the army there says protesters have made their wishes heard is now calling for some
. president obama and his egyptian counterpart have been in touch but mr. obama's hopes that a transition in egypt should be orderly are obviously already in jeopardy. with more on that we go to nbc's tracie potts in washington. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, the white house says president obama has seen these pictures coming out of cairo, that he thinks they are deplorable, that he is greatly disturbed and now with pressure at its own gates, there was an antigovernment protest at the white house last night. they are now stepping up the pressure. a white house spokesperson saying the time for transition in egypt is now. referring to september when president hosni mubarak has said that he will step down. reemphasizing saying now means now. the white house also reviewing the $1.3 billion in aid that we send to egypt. the state department says they see no evidence that pro-mubarak protesters were actually police dressed as citizens. and now the evacuations, nearly 2,000 americans so far. the state department says today could be the last day. lynn? >> tracie potts in washington. thank you.
the obama administration's health care overhaul unconstitutional. judge roger vincent shot down the plan saying the government would be violating americans' rights by forcing them to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. the white house called the ruling in health care challenge of 26 of the 50 states a, quote, plain case of judicial overreaching. the case appears destined to be heard by the u.s. supreme court. >>> well, they have nailed countless rolling stoppers at intersections around the country. those tiny little cameras inside traffic lights. they're responsible for keeping track of cars that run through red lights. critics say they violate drivers' privacy but a new study out today find those little lenses save a lot of lives. nbc's chris clak uhm has more. >> reporter: wrecks caused by red light runners injured another 113,000 in 2009 alone. the insurance institute for highway safety releases a report this morning that concludes those numbers would have been a lot higher were it not for hundreds of cities now using red light cameras at intersections. >> fatal crashes were 25% le
to prince williams' nuptials are david and victoria beckham but reportedly not on the list, the obamas and duchess of york sarah ferguson. >>> u.s. markets are closed for the presidents' day holiday, but here is your first look at how wall street will kick off the day tomorrow. the dow closed at 12,391 after gaining 73 points friday. the s&p inched 2. the nasdaq added 2. taking a look at overseas trading this morning in tokyo, the nikkei recognize 14 points, but in hong kong, the hang seng fell 109 points. >>> the question is simple. how long can the current rally keep running? wall street posted its third straight week of gains last week with the s&p 500 not up almost 7% for the year and more than 20% in just six months. friday, the nasdaq finished within 25 points of its highest level in a decade. if earnings are a factor, the rally has a good chance of continuing. of the over 400 s&p 500 companies reporting earnings so far, 71% have beaten wall street estimates. later this week, major retailers including walmart, target and macy's will report. >>> housing related data dominates this
, president obama called the move, quote, a positive sign while urning the country's leaders to do more for the freedom of its people. >>> a college student from saudi arabia studying in texas has been arrested by the fbi for plotting a string of terrorist attacks here in the u.s. the 20-year-old allegedly obtained chemicals for a bomb and researched potential targets, including dams and nuclear plants. even the home of former president george w. bush. nbc's click clackham has the latest. >> reporter: when he entered college in lubbock, texas, on a student visa three years ago, 20-year-old khalid m. al dasari drew little attention. but earlier this month when he put in a large order at this chemical company in burlington, north carolina, for materials that could make bombs, some officials at the company became suspicious. >> i hope we were helpful. i hope we thwarted what could have been a real tragedy. >> reporter: instead of filling the order, the company offend the fbi, as did conway freight, which he was reportedly wanting to use to ship the materials. agents got search warrants for
. in a statement, president obama said it was a well-deserved victory and that he "couldn't be prouder." >>> despite eight straight days of massive protests, wisconsin's republican governor is standing firm on a plan to cut collective bargaining rights for most state workers. in a speech last night, scott walker warned he would lay off 1,500 public employees if his proposal does not pass by this friday. >>> we are learning more about the tragic death of four americans killed by pirates off the coast of somalia early yesterday. according to u.s. officials, during negotiations, pirates suddenly launched a rocket-propelled grenade at a nearby navy warship. special operations forces quickly boarded the victim's yacht, but by the time they reached the hostages they'd been shot by their captors. >>> and new york city mayor michael ploob has signed legislation -- michael bloomberg has signed legislation that bans all smoking in public parks, beaches, and plazas, including times square. official takes effect in three months. >>> now here's your first look at how wall street will kick off the d
of president obama's teleprompter. when he finds out, he'll be speechless. two women are suing the broadway musical "elliott" after being hit by a prop. the prop flying through the window from down the street. they can't catch a break those guys. >> tonight he welcomes actor 2:35 on yur local nbc station. >>> bill, did you get a chance to watch watson? >> yeah. all three days. i was upset. >> why? >> because, well, we'll big fans my wife and i. it was like an infomercial for ibm. >> way to be a downer, bill. >> i just didn't like it. >> i'm lynn berry. stay tuned.
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